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International Journal of Morphology

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Abstract

ALACID, Fernando; MUYOR, José María  and  LOPEZ-MINARRO, Pedro Ángel. Anthropometric Profile of Young Male Sprint Canoeist. Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.3, pp.835-840. ISSN 0717-9502.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-95022011000300028.

The aim of this study was to describe kinanthropometric characteristics of young male sprint canoeists and to compare their somatotype and proportionality with Olympic paddlers. Thirty three young sprint canoeists, aged 15 and 16 years old, were assessed using a battery of 41 anthropometric dimensions. Body composition, somatotypes and Phantom Z-scores were calculated. Mean somatotype of male canoeists was best described as balanced mesomorphy. Young canoeists had lower ratings of mesomorphy and lower proportional dimensions in upper body girths and breadths than Olympic paddlers. The data provided in this study could be used as a guideline for talent identification in sprint canoeing.

Keywords : Anthropometry; Somatotype; Proportionality; Body composition; Canoeing.

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